Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
Wife of the 28th President of the United States
Born in Savannah, Georgia, May 15, 1860
Moved to Rome, Georgia, March 1866
Graduated from Rome Female College, 1876
Attended New York Art Students League, 1884-1885
Her father, The Rev. Mr. Samuel Edward Axson was pastor of Rome’s First Presbyterian Church, 1866-1883, where Woodrow Wilson first saw her, April 8, 1883. They were married in Savannah, June 24th, 1885. The Wilsons were parents of three daughters.
A gifted painter she contributed to humanitarian causes, including The Berry Schools. As America’s First Lady, she championed improved working conditions for women and better housing for Washington’s poor. Eleanor Roosevelt considered Mrs. Wilson a mentor on social issues. Mrs. Wilson died on August 6, 1914 in The White House.
First Lady, Princeton University, 1902 - 1910
First Lady, The State of New Jersey, 1911 - 1913
First Lady of the United States
March 4, 1913 - August 6, 1914
Erected 1998 by Rome Area Heritage Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series lists.
Location. 34° 15.076′ N, 85° 10.724′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Unnamed Cemetery Road 0.1 miles north of Myrtle Street. The marker is located at the grave of Ellen Louise Axson Wilson in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, off the unnamed road which enters the cemetery from Myrtle Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Georgia’s Paul Revere (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opera Alley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Floyd County (approx. half a mile away); Davis’ March to Rome (approx. one mile away); French’s Div. at Rome (approx. one mile away); Federal Occupation of Rome (approx. one mile away); De Soto In Georgia (approx. one mile away); Original Cabin (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
Regarding Ellen Louise Axson Wilson. Ellen Louise Axson Wilson was Woodrow Wilson's first wife. After her death President Wilson married Edith Bolling Galt
Also see . . . Ellen Axon Wilson. A Wikipedia biography of Ellen Louise Axson Wilson. (Submitted on January 3, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Additional keywords. First Ladies, FLOTUS
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